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Spanish aid worker repatriated from Mali at risk of Ebola discharged

(Madrid, December 11th 2014).- ​The aid worker, a healthcare professional, had suffered an accident with biological material while attending an Ebola patient. Since this was a high-risk contact, the aid worker was repatriated to Spain and taken into the La Paz-Carlos III hospital complex on a preventative basis so that, in the event of [ ... ]

World Health Organization declares Spain to be free of Ebola

(Madrid, Dec 2nd 2014).- On Tuesday, 42 days had passed since 21 October, the date on which the blood analysis of the secondary case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) identified in Spain and carried out on the two samples taken 48 hours apart came back negative for the Ebola virus. This equates to two incubation periods of 21 days each and hence [ ... ]

Situation of cases in Spain

The risk of the spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Spain is currently very low. Since the start of the outbreak in West Africa, three cases of the Ebola virus disease have been treated in Spain. The first two cases treated in our country arose overseas: two missionaries were repatriated to provide them with healthcare treatment after [ ... ]

Video: Appearance by Doctor Fernando Simón on 20 November 2014, at 9:15 pm

Dr. Fernando Simón announces the evacuation of one person from Bamako (Mali). DR. FERNANDO SIMÓN: This press briefing has been called to report on a point we have just discussed in the Ebola Management Committee in relation to a high-risk contact of an aid worker who was involved in an incident when treating a patient. This has been classified [ ... ]

G20 Leaders’ Brisbane Statement on Ebola

(Brisbane, Nov 15th 2014).- We are deeply concerned about the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and saddened by the suffering and loss of life it is inflicting. We are mindful of the serious humanitarian, social and economic impacts on those countries, and of the potential for these impacts to spread. The governments and people [ ... ]

What is Ebola?

The disease caused by the Ebola virus (formerly known as Ebola fever) is a febrile hemorrhagic pathology caused by a virus of the Ebolavirus genus, which affects humans and non-human primates (monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees). Other animals are carriers of the virus but do not develop the disease. The natural carrier of the Ebola virus is as yet [ ... ]

Symptoms of the disease

Early symptoms include the following: High fever (above 37.7ºC – the main indication) Headache Joint and muscle pain. Weakness Abdominal (stomach) pain Diarrhoea Vomiting Lack of appetite Unexplained haemorrhage (bleeding) After the fourth or fifth day of the disease, the following may also appear: Kidney and liver failure Maculopapular [ ... ]

Ebola diagnosis

Generally-speaking, diagnosis of the Ebola virus is only possible from the moment the first symptoms appear. The fact that it shares similar symptoms (such as fever) with other diseases means that diagnosis during the initial symptomatic stage requires other types of disease that initially present with similar symptomatology to be discarded. Once [ ... ]

FAQs about Ebola

General information and frequently-asked questions about the outbreak of Ebola virus disease. 1.- What is Ebola virus disease? Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious disease that often leads to death. The disease affects humans and non-human primates (monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees). 2.- What are its symptoms? Symptoms of the disease may appear [ ... ]

Exposure risks

In Spain, where only a single case of secondary infection has been reported involving a worker who treated a patient repatriated from Sierra Leone, the risk is limited to: Close friends and relatives living with an infected person Healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, auxiliary nurses, drivers, cleaners, etc.) who may have come into contact with a [ ... ]